Fly­ing Bantu re­leases EP al­bum

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

VIC­TO­RIA Falls’ four-mem­ber afro-fu­sion group, Fly­ing Bantu, has re­leased its much awaited five-track EP ti­tled Cruis­ing Attitude.

The five-track EP al­bum, which is now avail­able for free down­load on­line on the band’s web­site www.fly­ing­bantu. com and Sound­cloud page, will be of­fi­cially launched next month.

Band man­ager, Guy Cock­croft, said they would also launch the al­bum at the Miombo Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Harare on May 27 and 28.

The songs in­clude Cease­fire, a piece about war and its ef­fects on ev­ery­day fam­i­lies, Fall­ing Through the Times — a song about help­ing others through hard times, and OgaOga which is a feel good song. The others are Safe From Hu­man­ity and TIA (Stop the Bus) which is a song about Africa, its magic and won­der, quirks and flaws and a de­pic­tion of living in ru­ral Zim­babwe as the story is told at a ru­ral bus stop.

Cock­croft said the band will spend the rest of the year record­ing and mix­ing the re­main­der of the songs with the aim of re­leas­ing a full al­bum to­wards the end of the year.

He said the songs are a gift to all friends, fam­ily and strangers alike who have sup­ported the group in the past year as it shares both light-hearted sen­ti­ments and the more emo­tional, heav­ier re­al­i­ties of the 21st cen­tury ex­is­tence.

“Cruis­ing Attitude is for all those who enjoy mu­sic and have a taste for some­thing dif­fer­ent as the songs dab­ble with con­cepts of love and war, peace and hope, jeal­ousy and joy while cap­tur­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in Africa,” said Cock­roft.

Fly­ing Bantu, formed in Chino­timba sub­urb last year, plays an eclec­tic mix of Afro-fu­sion sound­ing tracks in­fused with el­e­ments of Funk, Jazz, Reg­gae and Rock over­laid with a dis­tinct tra­di­tional Zim­bab­wean flavour.

Its mem­bers are Ti­nashe Mao­neni (vo­cals), Amkela Moyo (lead gui­tar), Bon­gani Ngema (bass gui­tar) and Sam Gu­lubane (drums).

With only a year in mu­sic, the band has toured a num­ber of South­ern African coun­tries in­clud­ing Botswana, Zam­bia and South Africa performing at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals and shows with a flair for au­then­tic live acts. — @ncubeleon

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